Construction is nearly finished on 432 Park Avenue, the tallest residential building in the Western hemisphere. Five open-air mechanical floors on the 1,396-foot-tall skyscraper will be lit every day at sunset starting Monday, and we have photos of the display.
The open “drum” floors have mechanical equipment encased in concrete cylinders, and each floor is illuminated with 32 LED lights. The 30-foot-tall cutouts are located on the 31st, 45th, 60th, 74th, and 89th floors. PR reps for the project tell us these photos were taken from a helicopter, which explains the stunning views.
Rafael Viñoly, the tower’s architect, designed the lighting feature in collaboration with HDLC Architectural Lighting Design.
“The illumination of the double-height drum floors was part of the tower’s design from its inception – a way to celebrate and highlight the integral breaks in the building,” Viñoly said in a statement.
The building will be officially lit for the first time next Monday as the sun sets, at 4:40 p.m.
CIM Group and Macklowe Properties developed the building, which holds 106 condos. The pricey apartments start at $17.5 million, but the most expensive unit to sell there so far was an 8,300-square-foot penthouse, for $87.7 million. A $92 million penthouse also hit the market on the 95th floor last month.